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County extension sweetens summer with workshop

Published 4:51pm Monday, June 25, 2012

Summertime will get a little bit sweeter with the Tallapoosa County Extension’s upcoming homemade ice cream workshop.

The workshop will take place Friday, June 29 at Red Ridge Methodist Church in Dadeville from 1–4 p.m.

“We are going to have a short 30- to 45-minute presentation on ice cream,” said Patti West, regional extension agent. “We’re going to do a little about the history of ice cream, different kinds of ice cream, ingredients in ice cream and how they function – (the ingredients) do more than just taste good.”

West said she will also cover food safety tips when creating different types of ice cream products.

“Food safety is becoming more and more important,” West said. “If you make a lot of your food at home, you know where the ingredients are coming from and know what goes into it.”

Tallapoosa County Extension Coordinator Shane Harris said he expects at least 20 people to attend the gathering.

“We’re going to have a few recipes and a sample demonstration,” Harris said. “Basically it will be a fun workshop where you can learn a bit about ice cream, the treat of the summer. We wanted to do it before July 4 so if you make your own ice cream, you can make these new recipes.”

Harris and West said recipes for traditional ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen custard, sorbet, sherbet and sugar-free and low-fat ice creams are on the menu. West said she will also provide an activity for children – making ice cream in a bag.

“This is something a lot different than plain old vanilla,” Harris said.

Recipes for all of the ice creams covered will be available at the workshop. Registration cost is $5, and those interested can contact the extension office at (256) 825-1050 to sign up. Harris said people can register until the day of the event but requests people sign up by Thursday.

“It will be a fun event for us to have fun and fellowship,” Harris said.